The release of a government report today reveals how farmers will be hit badly by any withdrawal from the single market, resulting in significant import and export tariffs.
The report, published today by the Environmental Audit Select Committee, shows the economic pressures already in place on the farming industry, and how this will escalate if Britain leaves the single market and produce is subject to additional charges, along with the withdrawal of the farming subsidy.
Kelly-Marie Blundell, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes highlighted the report, commenting;
“With significant agricultural and grazing land in East Sussex, farming in Lewes will come under huge economic pressure. We see 95% of sheep exports going to the EU, which would be subject to a 30% tariff if the Conservatives press on with pulling the UK out of the single market.
“The Conservative Government will not guarantee farming subsidies after 2020, which puts farming in a perilous position, without the added pressure of export tariffs to take into account.
“We did not vote on a referendum on the single market, and Theresa May and the Conservatives should heed the Select Committee report which clearly shows how badly our farming industry will be impacted.”